UTM Upsets Otahks In Overtime
Feb. 28, 2004
Martin, Tenn. - In OVC action tonight, the Otahks close their regular season slate with a disappointing overtime loss to the Skyhawks of Tennessee-Martin. Southeast couldn't hold on to its 41-26 first half advantage, as they fell by a slim 78-75.
The first six minutes of the game was a back-and-forth battle, but with 13:59 remaining in the first period, junior Chandra Brown netted a bucket in the paint to ignite a 14-4 Southeast run, capturing a ten-point edge at the 9:37 mark. The squad continued to dominate the half, posting the 15-point edge as they headed to the lockers.
The squad sizzled from the floor in the half, netting 15-of-23 for a 65.2 percent, while UTM shot 42.3 percent.
The second half featured runs by both teams as the Otahkian spread went back-and-forth, but they held the lead until the buzzer. With 12:08 on the clock, UTM narrowed the lead to four at 41-45, but SEMO used a 14-6 run to mount their edge back to 12 at the 6:15 mark. However, over the final 5:58, the Skyhawks put together a 16-4 run to send the game to overtime. UTM's Tiffany Brundige started the run with a three-point bucket at the 5:58 mark and Andreika Jackson muscled her way around in the lane for a basket as time expired in regulation, forcing overtime at 63-all.
Senior forward Yashika Sidbury nailed a trey with 37 seconds to play in overtime, tying the game at 75 a piece. However, Jackson gave the Skyhawks the lead for good when she sank a free throw with 23 seconds to play. UTM senior Julie Young sealed the win with two more free throws with seven seconds to play. Senior guard Sarah Costello shot the three-pointer with the final second ticking away, but Jackson grabbed the round the Skyhawks grabbed the win.
Both squad's closed the night shooting nearly the same in every category-sharing a 47.5 percentage from the field, a 25 percentage from long range, while UTM edged out Southeast by three-tenths from the free-throw stripe, 55.9-to-55.6. Both squad also recorded 16 assists and ten steals, while the Otahks full-court pressure forced one more Martin turnover.
Southeast's effort was led by Costello with 16 points, as she netted a career-best seven buckets from the floor. Costello assisted her way into the record books tonight, dishing out six assists for a career mark of 230. She is now tenth in career assists at Southeast. Sami Jo Cotton finished with 11 points, netting three from long range, while Brown added 10 points. Junior Miah Shelford fought hard in the paint, tying her career-best 11 rebound mark.
Jackson dominated the paint for UTM, finishing with a career-high 23-points and a team-high 19, recording her seventh double-double of the season. Young and Torre Thomas finished the game with 15 points each.
The Skyhawks move into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the No. 7 seed with an 8-8 conference record and an 11-15 overall mark. The Skyhawks will travel to Cookeville to play No. 2 seeded Tennessee Tech.
While Southeast advances to the tourney as the No. 4 seed with a 10-6 conference mark and a 15-12 mark overall. The Otahks will host Murray State this Tues., March 2, at the Show Me Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the OVC tournament semifinals Friday at noon in Nashville, Tenn. at the Municipal Auditorium.